A worthy sequel, even though it feels more formalistic, even slasher alike, with the introduction of one group placed in dangerous setting, instead of exploring hitchcockian struggle of one or two individuals. Thus, it feels less intimate but it manages to fulfill each and every minute. And it puts into the spotlight the most iconic horror villain of the past decade.
James Wan vacates the director's chair and his absence is immediately felt: whereas Wan actually used the claustrophobia of the 1.85 aspect ratio to his advantage, "Saw II" tends to feel televisual. That said, while "Saw II" may not be as well directed as the original, the narrative here is more entertaining: the body count is higher, and Tobin Bell is afforded ample screentime as the gloating, malevolent Jigsaw.
I like to watch horror movies from time to time. 'Saw II' attracted me because I was interested to see how the director had dealt with a concept that had worked fine the year before. While the first film was rather static, 'Saw II''s characters run through shady houses most of the time and the camera is shaking a lot. Jigsaw isn't described as the most contemptible character of the film. Reserved to fans.
Sequel that is too much interested in blood, bodyparts and gory death sequences. The traps is also unrealistic as they needed like many years of planning to work so perfectly. Killer is also made into a complete anti-hero by this film as characters are written with character flaws and "deserve to die". The film is extremly well acted though for what is basically a very brutal and disturbing film.
Honestly... it surprised me. A lot. The dirty cop is the perfect example of why you never actually root (that much) for the characters (with Daniel being the only exception where you actually want him to live) since the movie shows you all the crap they did in their lifetime.
The formula was not enough. And it is kind of sad, and sadistic, to create entertainement like this. A good (bold) filmmaker would deconstruct things. Even if not to the extreme of Haneke's Funny Games. But as the series progresses, there seems to be a morality, a very stupid morality. And it's like the victims deserve to be punished. There's no patience for this. It seems like an excuse for the viewers' sadism.
the introduction to one of the most psychologically clever and twisted villians since Hannibal Lector. Seriously, i rewatch this film just for the dialogue scenes with Tobin Bell. The only let down is how stupid and emotionally driven, in contrast to Jigsaw, the victims are. But that's the point, you almost find yourself siding with the villian, which makes it all the more creepy.
...and then Darren Lynn Bousman comes along with a completely unrelated script that Lionsgate asks him to turn into "Saw 2," which unsurprisingly turns out to be the best film by far in the entire series. If this had been the original "Saw," the series' popularity would have made a lot more sense.